Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
A number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together to produce Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% sulphur marine fuel. These organisations are listed below at *.
The document was released on behalf of the Oil Companies’ International Marine Forum (OCIMF) on 20 August, is available at no charge and can be found here on the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) website:
This publication has been developed by experts from across shipping, refining, supply and testing of marine fuels.
It is understood that the publication is designed to provide guidance for stakeholders across the marine fuels and shipping industries, from fuel blenders and suppliers to end users.
Here are presented (a) the specific safety and operational issues relating to the supply and use of max. 0.50%-sulphur fuels, (b) an overview of fuel quality principles, and (c) the controls that should be put in place to ensure that safety issues are identified, prevented and/or mitigated.
The document addresses issues such as fuel compatibility, fuel stability, and fuel handling and storage, and contains a comprehensive review of existing operational factors that can affect safety.
It does not address issues related to compliance with Flag State, Port State or IMO rules or guidelines, or alternative means of compliance (for example Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems), and does not include a discussion of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas, hydrogen or methanol.
Key messages broadcast are:
It is reported that the publication will be supported by an e-learning course to be released in October 2019.
The aims of the e-Learning course include:
1. To provide an understanding of MARPOL Annex VI and its potential impact on the management of fuels on board ships.
2. To raise awareness of and offer solutions to potential fuel management issues.
*African Refiners’ Association (ARA)
Concawe, Environmental Science for European Refining
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)
International Council on Combustion Engines (CIMAC)
International Group of P&I Clubs
IPIECA (The global oil and gas association for advancing
environmental and social performance)
ISO/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6
Japan Petroleum Energy Center (JPEC)
Oil Companies’ International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
On 19 February the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published its Position Paper on the European Green Deal objectives in ports.
The publication of this position paper fits into the European Shipping Week (ESW), taking place in Brussels from 17 February. In the framework of the ESW, ESPO and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) organised on 19 February a workshop on Decarbonising the shipping industry: What’s already happening and how can we help accelerate it?
The Executive Summary of the ESPO Position Paper reads as follows:
Following reports received regarding the impacts on the shipping industry of the sudden and rapid outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), IMO issued a Circular Letter* on 19 February advising Member States and others on implementation and enforcement of relevant IMO Instruments.
The letter urges Flag State authorities, port State authorities and control regimes, companies and ship masters to cooperate, in the current context of the outbreak, to ensure that, where appropriate, passengers can be embarked and disembarked, cargo operations can occur, ships can enter and depart ship yards for repair and survey, stores and supplies can be loaded, certificates can be issued and crews can be exchanged.
The principles of avoiding unnecessary restrictions or delay on port entry to ships, persons and property on board are contained in articles I and V and section 6 of the annex to IMO’s Facilitation Convention.
IMO will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.